Artichoke Varieties

By phopper, Feb 17, 2010 | |
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    /imgs/articles/artichokes/clear_pixel.gif  Artichoke Varieties

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    A Year-round Variety
    Description:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGlobe-shaped in winter
    and spring
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifConical in summer and fall
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGreen color, some purple at base in summer
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifThorns prominent in summer and fall. Less developed in winter and spring.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCompact appearance
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWinter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.

    Size:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 count, large loose (cocktail) and small loose (baby)

    Characteristics:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGood edibility on bracts (petals)
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifHeavy bottom (heart) relative to size
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifAll marketed sizes are mature.

    Seasonality:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifYear-round availability with a spring peak period

    Method of Propagation:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCloned from root stock

    Handling:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifRefrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifKeep moist - 95% humidity
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifOK to "top ice"
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifTrim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.

    Geographic Area:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCentral coast of California with a heavy concentration near Castroville.


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    A Winter & Early Spring Variety
    Description:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifShape varies conical to round throughout season.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGreen color
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifThorns, but not prominent
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCompact appearance
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWinter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.

    Size:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 count, large loose (cocktail) and small loose (baby)

    Characteristics:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifBracts (petals) have good, edible portions.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifBottoms (hearts) are well-developed.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifAll marketed sizes are mature.

    Seasonality:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWinter through early spring

    Method of Propagation:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifSeed

    Handling:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifRefrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifKeep moist - 95% humidity
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifOK to "top ice"
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifTrim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.

    Geographic Area:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifSouthern California inland desert valleys.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifOxnard: coastal valley


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    A Thornless Variety
    Description:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifThornless
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifShape generally conical. Wide base even more pronounced in summer.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGreen color with purple tinge most pronounced at base of artichoke. Purple more pronounced in summer.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWinter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke.

    Size:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif8, 18, 24, 36, 48 count

    Characteristics:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGood flavor
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWide heart

    Seasonality:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifNearly year-round availability

    Method of Propagation:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifBig Heart" was among the first commercially available seed-propagated artichoke. Grown as an annual, plantings can be staggered for year-round harvest.

    Handling:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifRefrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifKeep moist - 95% humidity
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifOK to "top ice"
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifTrim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.

    Geographic Area:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifLompoc: coastal valley north of Santa Barbara, California.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifImperial: inland desert valley


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    A Year-Round, Thornless Variety
    Description:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifThornless
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifGlossy, green color
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifShape generally conical; seasonal variations will be rounded
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCompact appearance.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWinter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance the flavor.

    Size:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gif18, 24, 36, 48, 60 count

    Characteristics:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifEdible stem
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifBracts (petals) have good, edible portions
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifBottoms (hearts) are well-developed

    Seasonality:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifYear-round with peak production in spring

    Method of Propagation:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifSeed
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifDeveloped by and licensed through the University of California

    Handling:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifRefrigerate at 34 degrees F. (0 degrees C)
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifKeep moist - 95% humidity
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifOK to "top ice"
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifTrim stems and place in crushed ice for best appearance.

    Geographic Area:
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifWidely adaptable
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifImperial and Coachella valleys.
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifSacramento/San Joaquin valleys
    /imgs/articles/artichokes/blackball.gifCentral coast of California
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